Class news

Summer Term 2019
The children started the term with the delivery of some very special visitors! At part of our terms theme of 'Bugs and Bees', the class adopted 10 little caterpillars! They used them as a wonderful stimulus for their work and play as they explored life cycles, compared and contrasted the features of insects and minibeasts and created their own 'butterfly diaries', documenting how the caterpillars changed over time.
The children enjoyed stories on the theme. They especially enjoyed exploring the books 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and created their own story maps and pictures to retell the story.
The children loved completing their own bug hunts. They explored all the minibeasts to be found in thier local environment through their child-initiated and adult led tasks and lots of fun activities as part of Forest Schools and 'Outdoor Thursday'. 
The children learnt about how important the right home and habitat is for bees and bugs. They explored the story of 'The Tiny Seed' and 'Katie and the Sunflowers' to find out about how plants grow and how important they are to insects and wildlife around our school. We linked it to our ongoing work in school around 'Eco-Schools' and planted flowers to encourage our favourite minibeasts.
Spring 2
This half term Reception and Nursery have continued to explore space in their play. They have enjoys stories around the theme. They have really enjoyed the story 'Q Pootle 5' and had their own 'moon party'.
The children have enjoyed thinking about if there are really aliens in space! They have thought about what they might their features, where they might live, what they might eat and what they might be called. They came up with lots of interesting ideas!
Through stories and poems the children explored space travel and what it might be like to be a real astronaut like Neil Armstrong. They investigated features of rockets and designed their own out of recycled materials.
Reception, as part of our Brilliant Book Week work created their own class story about a little alien called 'X Pootle 6'. They helped plan their story using a story map and thought about the important parts of a story and what makes it exciting. They then wrote their own part of the story and created their own illustrations.
In their number work and play this half term the children have continued lots of Numicon fun, counting, ordering, making 'teen' numbers, finding number bonds, addition and finding the difference between numbers.
The children rounded off the topic with an exciting visit to The Centre for Life in Newcastle. They had a lovely day exploring the planetarium and learning all about the planets and constellations. They explored rockets of different shapes and sizes and predicted which they thought would fly the highest!
They explored the 'Science Zone' and particularly enjoyed the construction area!
Spring Term 1 2019
The children are enjoying the theme of Space in class 1 this term. They have enjoyed lots of stories, poems and songs on the theme. They have used this for inspiration for their imaginative play in the 'space station' and in their rocket building in the yard!
They are really enjoying learning about the different planets and comparing and contrasting their different features. The children have learnt 'The Planet Song' to help them remember all the different planets and the order they are from the sun.
The introduction of 'Outdoor Thursday' has been a great success so far. They children have enjoyed helping to get the Forest School area tidy with lots of tool using to lop the willow around the camp fire area. The children are particularly enjoying exploring the different parts of our field and the different animals and plants that they can observe living and growing there.
Outdoor Thursdays
During our 'Outdoor Thursday' afternoons so far the children have shown lovely collaborative and co-operative skills as  they work and play together. There has been some really imaginative child- initiated play that has included mud kitchen cooking and house building using natural materials they found around the field. They are really enjoying sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, singing songs, making paancakes and sharing thoughts and ideas about what they have discovered during the session.
Autumn 2
The children have been very busy designing and making their own robots. They thought about the different features and functions their robots would have. 
This has been such an exciting and busy term so far in Class 1. Our new nursery children settled so quickly and we have all been really enjoying exploring the jungle theme through our work and play!
We have an exciting new friend in the yard! The children were super excited to discover that Stick Man had come to live in our yard! We enjoyed revisiting the story together.
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